UNIVERSITY COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY
University College prides itself on the vibrant musical scene here, led by the University College Music Society (UCMS) and our musical director Giles Underwood. In the past few months, the committee has been handed over to the not-so-new first years, and it has been an honour taking over as co-president of the committee together with Emelye Moulton.
Fresh from our Chapel Choir tour to Florence during Easter, which included a performance for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Trinity term started with a short concert of sacred and secular music to present the choir’s development through tour. In addition to our weekly Sunday services, we held our first annual Old Members Evensong. This event was thoroughly enjoyed by past and present members alike, the different generations bonding over a mutual love for Univ and choral singing. In 7th week, the Univ Choir Consort performed a concert showcasing a historical programme of Tudor choral pieces.
One of the wonderful aspects of partaking in the musical life at Univ, whether it be as an instrumentalist or a singer, is the opportunity to perform with the Martlet Voices or the Martlet Ensemble, made up of both students and professional musicians. The Martlet Ensemble offered an afternoon of French instrumental music, while the Martlet Voices presented an unusual mixture of unaccompanied twentieth-century choral music.
A substantial part of Univ’s musical life is student-run, most significantly our Master’s Lodgings Concert Series and our more informal Open Mic Nights in the college bar. These offer both graduate and undergraduate students to show off their musical talents, whether they be in the classical genre, jazz, pop or rock.
Overall, the past few months have demonstrated the varied and rich musical talents of our college, and although our dear finalist musicians will be sorely missed as we embark on the next academic year, we are very excited to move forward, already planning the musical events of Michaelmas 2017.
Julia Sandros-Alper - Co-President, UCMS
JULIA SANDROS-ALPER & EMELYE MOULTON
ROSIE VON SPRECKELSEN & SHIV SHAH
CONRAD WILL & ALISA MUSANOVIC